WOZA petitions parly

Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has petitioned parliament to repeal radio and television regulations which empower the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to collect licence fees from the public.

In fliers distributed in Bulawayo’s residential areas on Monday, WOZA said the state broadcaster was cheating Bulawayo residents by charging exorbitant licence fees.

“News coverage should be balanced. We are tired of this monopoly by ZBC and we demand the right to choose what to listen to or watch,” reads one of the fliers. WOZA is also demanding the reopening of Montrose studios and its demilitarisation.

“We can’t even go there without facing the soldiers and their guns,” said a representative.

The organisation also castigated ZBC licensing inspectors for being corrupt and collecting fees with militia-type behaviour. So far WOZA has collected over 100 000 petitions.

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